I’m so happy that it’s officially the holiday season because that means I can eat a bunch of sweets and not feel guilty about it. Right? Right. So when I was thinking about a cookie recipe for the Ultimate Cookie & Goodies Virtual Party and Giveaway, my mind started dreaming about chewy cookies and creamy cheesecakes and gooey pies. It was torture: I wanted to eat everything that my mind was dreaming up. So I enlisted the help of my boyfriend to help me dream up a perfect recipe, and he nailed it.
He kept raving about these “no bake” cookies that his mom makes and I loved the idea of not having to bake anything, so I was sold immediately. She kindly sent me the recipe, and I tweaked it by adding egg nog and pecans and cutting down the amount of cocoa powder, because they were already bursting with flavor.
And let me tell you, these things are addicting. They’re crunchy, and chocolatey, and peanuty, etc. etc. There’s no way to really describe them, and they’re so easy to make that there’s really no reason not to make them everyday… at least that’s what I keep telling myself.
So what you’re going to do is start off with a medium sauce pan and combine 1 stick of butter, 1/2 cup of egg nog, 2 cups of sugar, and 4 tablespoons cocoa powder. Cook over medium high heat until boiled, making sure to stir as the butter is melting. Once boiled, let the ingredients cook for 1 minute and then remove from heat.
Add 3/4 cup of chopped pecans, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 3 cups old-fashioned oatmeal. Stir until well combined.
Dollop spoonfuls of the mixture onto wax paper (I always put my wax paper on a cookie tray so that it’s mobile in case I need to move it for any reason). Try to avoid tasting the mixture, as ingredients are still hot, although I know it’s super tempting. This was the hardest part for me.
Let the cookies cool and harden on the wax paper for about 30 minutes or 1 hour. Now you can eat all of your cookies and hide them from your boyfriend… or is that just me?
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ½ cup egg nog
- 1stick butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups old fashioned oatmeal
- ¾ cup chopped pecans
- ½ cup peanut butter
- Combine sugar, cocoa, milk and butter in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until boiling (stirring to combine ingredients)
- Let boil for 1 minute and remove from heat
- Add in rest of ingredients and stir until well combined
- Scoop spoonful sized portions of the mixture onto wax paper
- Let dry for 30 mins-1 hour
- Dig in!